MPI reports on the status of fish stocks and fisheries in New Zealand waters.

Each year, MPI assesses the status of as many fish stocks and fisheries as possible against the requirements of the Harvest Strategy Standard for New Zealand Fisheries.

In 2013, there was sufficient information to report on the status of up to 169 stocks or sub-stocks out of a total of 350 significant stocks managed under New Zealand’s Quota Management System. These stocks make up the majority of commercial landings.

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Key findings of the current report

Of the 139 stocks or sub-stocks with known status relative to the 'soft limit' (an abundance level below which a stock is said to be overfished), 114 (82.0%) have been determined to be not overfished based on a recent assessment or evaluation. In terms of tonnage of landings, 96.2% of stocks of known status were above the soft limit.

In 2013, 25 stocks were considered to be overfished (below the soft limit). Rebuilding programmes or Total Allowable Catch reductions are in place in these fisheries to allow them to rebuild to target levels.

Read detailed stock status information for individual stocks

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